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HOUSE BILL 981029
BY REPRESENTATIVE Takis;
also SENATORS Martinez and Rupert.
CONCERNING THE TERM OF OFFICE FOR MAYORS IN STATUTORY
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State
SECTION 1. 314207,
Colorado Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
314207. Mayor selection.
(1) EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION (3)
OF THIS SECTION, if the mayor is to be elected by and from among
the members of the city council, then at the meeting of the city
council at which their terms commence, as provided in section
314105, the city council shall choose, by a majority
vote, for a term of two years, one of its members as chairperson,
who shall have the title of mayor, and shall also choose, by a
majority vote, for a term of two years, one of its members as
vicechairperson, who shall act as mayor pro tem. In case
of a vacancy in the office of the mayor, the city council shall
choose a successor for the unexpired term.
(2) If the mayor is to be elected by popular
vote, he OR SHE shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast
for that office at the regular election in the city.
THE MAYOR shall be a registered elector who has resided within
the limits of the city for a period of at least twelve consecutive
months immediately preceding the date of the election; except
that, in the case of annexation, any person who has resided within
the annexed territory for the time prescribed in this subsection
(2) shall be deemed to have met the residence requirements for
the city to which the territory was annexed. The mayor shall
assume his OR HER office at the next regularly scheduled meeting
of the city council following his OR HER election or upon such
earlier date as the council may specify. EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE
PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION (3) OF THIS SECTION, He
THE MAYOR shall hold his OR HER office for a term of two years.
At the same meeting of the city council, the city council shall
choose, by a majority vote, one of its members to act as mayor
pro tem in the temporary absence of the mayor. The city council
may appoint one of its members acting mayor in the event both
the mayor and the mayor pro tem are temporarily absent from the
city or unable to perform the duties of the mayor. In case of
a vacancy in the office of the mayor, the city council shall choose
his successor for the unexpired term.
(3) THE CITY COUNCIL MAY PROVIDE, BY ORDINANCE,
FOURYEAR TERMS FOR THE OFFICE OF THE MAYOR. THE CITY COUNCIL
MAY REINSTATE TWOYEAR TERMS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION BY
ORDINANCE. ANY ORDINANCE PASSED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBSECTION (3)
SHALL BE ENACTED AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS BEFORE THE NEXT
REGULAR ELECTION AND SHALL BE SUBJECT, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY EMERGENCY
DECLARATION, TO REFERENDUM BROUGHT PURSUANT TO SECTION 3111105
OR PURSUANT TO AN APPLICABLE ORDINANCE ENACTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH
SECTION 1 OF ARTICLE V OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION. NO ORDINANCE
ENACTED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBSECTION (3) SHALL EXTEND OR REDUCE
THE TERM FOR WHICH ANY PERSON WAS ELECTED. IF A VACANCY OCCURS
IN THE OFFICE OF THE MAYOR FOR WHICH A FOURYEAR TERM IS
IN EFFECT PURSUANT TO THIS SUBSECTION (3), THE VACANCY SHALL BE
FILLED AS PROVIDED IN SUBSECTIONS (1) AND (2) OF THIS SECTION.
SECTION 2. Effective date. This act shall take effect at 12:01 a.m. on the day following the expiration of the ninetyday period after final adjournment of the general assembly that is allowed for submitting a referendum petition pursuant to article V, section 1 (3) of the state constitution; except that, if a referendum petition is filed against this act or an item, section, or part of this act within such period, then the act, item, section, or part, if approved by the people, shall take effect on the date of the official declaration of the vote thereon by proclamation of the governor.
Charles E. Berry Tom Norton
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE PRESIDENT OF
OF REPRESENTATIVES THE SENATE
Judith M. Rodrigue Patricia K. Dicks
CHIEF CLERK OF THE HOUSE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF
OF REPRESENTATIVES THE SENATE
GOVERNOR OF THE STATE